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AONBs are dynamic, living landscapes that underpin the economy and the health and wellbeing of the UK. They are outstanding landscapes which provide a range of benefits for both people and wildlife.
The listings below include practical examples of what the AONB Partnerships and Conservation Boards are doing to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to take advantage of everything AONBs have to offer, whilst also learning how to enjoy and look after them.

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Kent Downs AONB - The Orchards for Everyone project plays precisely to some of the key priorities of the 25 Year Environment Plan; in particular it supports thriving plants and wildlife; traditional orchards are a much threatened habitat and contain a rich genetic diversity of fruit varieties as well as an extraordinary biodiversity associated with an increasingly rare habitat.
Forest of Bowland AONB - 'Bowland Haytime' encompasses a suite of species-rich grassland restoration project activity delivered jointly by the Yorkshire Dale Millennium Trust and Forest of Bowland AONB from 2012 to the present.
Chiltern AONB - Chiltern Rangers CIC was set up in 2013. This social enterprise works with local communities to provide practical habitat management of the woodlands, chalk grassland, commons, ponds and chalk streams in the Chilterns’ area.
Cornwall AONB in further partnership with South Devon - This project transformed the ESI’s award winning computer models of bee behaviour, growth and survival by piloting them as a decision-support tool for farmers and land managers to enhance pollinator conservation and food production.
Lincolnshire Wolds AONB - In partnership with Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, the Life on the Verge Project has developed a network of volunteers in surveying roadside verges and the Meadow Network to create links and stepping stones of wildflower meadows, community projects, holding events and training days.
Arnside & Silverdale AONB - has been running a successful volunteer programme for over 25 years, during which time the range of volunteer tasks has expanded from conservation work parties to include delivering newsletters, updating the website and species monitoring.
Mendip Hills AONB - The project was designed to raise awareness of the wildlife and archaeological value of the Black Down and Burrington Commons through activities, events and training.
Chilterns Conservation Board - The Conservation Board fought long and hard to try and persuade the Government not to route the High Speed 2 Railway through the widest part of the Chilterns AONB.
High Weald AONB Partnership - Recognising the pressure on fields in the High Weald for development, food, energy production and leisure use, the High Weald AONB Partnership and Historic England co-funded the project designed to help identify and conserve the area’s most historically-significant fields.